Mary Immaculate Primary School pupil awarded for his caring nature

BIG HEART: Gabi Hollows, Miguel del Valle and NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes. "The endless ideas...of young people continues to inspire me," Ms Hollows said.

BIG HEART: Gabi Hollows, Miguel del Valle and NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes. "The endless ideas...of young people continues to inspire me," Ms Hollows said.

“Selfless, thoughtful and caring” is how teacher Bernadette Fenech-Soler describes her student Miguel del Valle.

Miguel, of Mary Immaculate Primary School in Quakers Hill, is one of 176 students from around the state recognised for his compassion, integrity and kindness.

His caring attitude was awarded at a ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House last week.

“I felt happy and excited when I found out I won an award,” Miguel said.

A national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Humanity Award acknowledges Year 6 pupils who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.

Miguel was nominated by his teacher, Ms Fenech-Soler, for always helping others in need, showing respect to teachers, and undertaking many responsibilities within the school.

“Miguel is selfless, thoughtful and caring,” Ms Fenech-Soler said. “He is a great role model and helper to younger students and the wider community.”

Miguel is selfless, thoughtful and caring.

Bernadette Fenech-Soler

The 12-year-old said he showed his classmates he cared about their welfare by always making a conscious effort of making them feel included.

“When everyone is in a group there’s one or two people who are left out. I always invite them to join our group so they feel included and aren’t left on their own,” Miguel said.

Miguel’s mother, Therese, said she was very proud of her son for showing compassion towards others.

“It was such an honour,” Mrs del Valle said. “I felt like I got the award myself! It made me so proud and happy that I’m his mum.”

NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes and founding director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows, presented more than 100 students from across NSW with their certificates.

“The late Fred Hollows was an extraordinary humanitarian who restored eyesight for many thousands of people in his lifetime and established an ongoing legacy that continues to save people from preventable blindness to this day,” Minister Stokes said.

“I congratulate the Year 6 students recognised who, like Fred Hollows, have made the world a more compassionate and better place.”

The Humanity Award recognised students from 120 primary schools in NSW.